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changed username to ChickPea rich-c: hello marie ChickPea: hi uncle richard ChickPea: how r u feeling? rich-c: you are early tonight - eager to communicate? ChickPea: i was hoping erin would be on ChickPea: i haven't spoken to her since the weekend rich-c: I expect she will turn up sooner or later, but they tend to come on a little less promptly rich-c: of course I have no idea how busy she may be or about her work demands ChickPea: i don ChickPea: t know rich-c: Pamela usually doesnt come on till West Wing is finished ChickPea: i spoke with cynthis today and she mentioned something about eirn's computer being messd up rich-c: Dr. D. is often early, one of the first, but also sleeps through the time altogether on occasion rich-c: oh dear - I keep telling her (and Cynthia, and Graeme, and all of them how to avoid it but will they ever listen? HA!) ChickPea: lol does any of them ever? rich-c: well, then they wonder why the computers wont work - they just invite sabotage ChickPea: that they do rich-c: just did my Windows Update check this evening - they had yet another critical update for me ChickPea: sabatoge or plain and pure laziness ChickPea: i had 1 last week rich-c: well, let's put it this way - if you don't have your guards fully up, you're going to get hammered ChickPea: true rich-c: I have Zone Alarm so teh bad guys can't even find my computer to try and crack it ChickPea: it happends to those who dont' pay atention
moved to room Meeting Place rich-c: and my log showed there were 1800 probes in the last 6 days - and I'm on dialup!
changed username to Lady Mac Lady Mac: Chickpea!!!!! rich-c: looks like Rin is here now ChickPea: doodle bug Lady Mac: hi uncle richard rich-c: hi Ron, heard you had computer troubles? ChickPea: i was just e-mailing u Lady Mac: me ChickPea: ur mom said u did Lady Mac: ah yes rich-c: sorry, Rin, finger slipped Lady Mac: it kinda died Lady Mac: but it's fixed now rich-c: what was the matter with it? Lady Mac: Darcie hadn't cleaned it up in like 4 years Lady Mac: so the last 2 days were spent burning CD's and starting anew rich-c: ye gods - you should be doing a scandisc and disc defrag every week
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changed username to BobS Lady Mac: how r u Chickpea? rich-c: greetings, imminent voyageur! Lady Mac: hi Bobs BobS: ya mon BobS: we's here ChickPea: i'm ok ChickPea: u? rich-c: looking forward to this weekend, I'll bet BobS: RIN ?????? and RIE ???? ChickPea: do u have ur msn working? rich-c: yep, that's them BobS: you bet Richard........2 days and counting BobS: gonna be WARM ChickPea: that's "us" bobS Lady Mac: i dunno ChickPea: oh rich-c: unlike here, we're slated for below zero C and rain BobS: YUCK glad i am leaving !!!!! rich-c: and you'll be getting it before us BobS: turnign cold tonight and tomorrow BobS: then codl thru weekend BobS: cold rich-c: you'd better just hope the GR airport has de-icing equipment or your plane might not get out!
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changed username to Pamela BobS: naw, weather gonna be ok at plane time and YES they have the stuff rich-c: hi daughter BobS: we's international ya kniw BobS: knwo BobS: know Pamela: hallo all ChickPea: wow pam ur early BobS: Hiya Pam Pamela: I see you made it Rin Pamela: Hi, Rie Lady Mac: hi Pammie ChickPea: hi pam Pamela: Hi, Dad rich-c: btw, something I need to share with all of you Pamela: HI, Bob Pamela: yessss? BobS: hi sweetie BobS: and........... BobS: let 'er rip rich-c: do you remember when Frances and Gillian and Meeka were talking about sewing machines? Pamela: yes? BobS: no BobS: NO NO rich-c: it was some few months ago, but they wre Pamela: I remember DAd BobS: member what ????????? BobS: acn't remember rich-c: anyway, Frances was Googling for Elna yesterday and guess what? the chat came up! BobS: brain goin' KAFUEEEE" Pamela: oh yes, if you Google yourself, your name will come up in chats rich-c: the only point is - remember this chat is public and archived rich-c: don't say anything you wouldn't want a stranger to run across Pamela: I remember Dad BobS: tis OK Richard, I dont' do anythign disgusting or naughty on the internet Pamela: Erin, did you get my vm message? Lady Mac: i did I was in the washroom, i tried calling you back but it went to the v/m ChickPea: pam did uncle mark e-mail u at all Pamela: he didn't respond via e-mail Marie, he did ask if you had his address though Pamela: Rin, did you leave me a message? ChickPea: u mean his house? Pamela: yes ChickPea: yeah i have that Pamela: okay - he says write him a letter : ) rich-c: anyway, Bob, landmark day for me today Pamela: no technology in his residence ChickPea: ahhhhhhhhhhhh i hate that Pamela: ya gotta go with the flow, hon Lady Mac: nope i didn't Pamela: : ( ChickPea: no flow here Pamela: so were you able to drive today DAd? rich-c: yes, Pam, took your mother over shopping - and walked all around the store, too Pamela: Erin, the considered opinion about your decision is: GO FOR IT Pamela: that's great to hear, Dad rich-c: and then drove over and got a haircut as well BobS: COOL and pain all gone????? Pamela: woohoo Pamela: was Sam glad to see you? Lady Mac: i am pretty well decided that i'm not going to rich-c: haven't had a single pill since I came home, Bob Pamela: WHAT????? ChickPea: uncle richard i know a real pretty hairdresser BobS: super BobS: glad to hear that the thign is going well Lady Mac: but they are going to wait until the new year to offer me a job, so we will see Pamela: Erin Elizabeth, you are so going to rich-c: yes, it gets checked out by the surgeon a week tomorrow BobS: son in law had back surgery last Thurs and he is still down......although coming around Pamela: when it's offered Erin, don't turn it down rich-c: Frances got curious and Googled my surgeon today - got 493 hits - seems he has a reputation Lady Mac: i have consulted many people including Bruce this evening and at this point in time I think it is best BobS: can you cross your feet yet?????? Lady Mac: but again i have to to make the decision Pamela: problem is, Rie, she lives in Windsor! BobS: good or bad ChickPea: i know lol rich-c: oh no Bob, I have to observe my precautions for another five months - but within them I can function freely Pamela: Erin, when the time comes, take it rich-c: Pam, what are you and Erin talking about? Pamela: another job offer with a more seasoned Minister - same job, more money BobS: that's goo dnews though,,,,,,,just be a good boy and Santa will reward you eh????? Pamela: more job security Lady Mac: not necessarily Pamela: not necessarily what? rich-c: it sounds like taking it is a no-brainer rich-c: yes, I hope to be able to drive to Adamcon Lady Mac: not necessarily more security rich-c: did you know it's only 2100 miles from here, only about half teh distance to Vancouver? Pamela: back in a sec rich-c: anyway, Bob, you're on the one-week cruise so back for Xmas, right? BobS: oh yes, be back on the 20th
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changed username to Island Bound Pamela: speaking of which, New Years is Wednesday - are we going to switch days? Island Bound: Solidarity brothers and sisters BobS: tslked with Jean last week rich-c: greetings Ron, you're early Pamela: hello Ron Island Bound: hey BobS: and she is ready and willign to help in visually checking hotels Lady Mac: hi RON rich-c: that's awfully early in the month, Bob - it'll be hotter than the hinges of Hades Island Bound: Hello Lady M Pamela: it'll be hot no matter what, Dad
moved to room Meeting Place Pamela: it's south Texas rich-c: no, even Texas cools off later in the fall Island Bound: Thinking I will need to get a passport
changed username to Dead_Car rich-c: oh, who have we here - could that be Jen? Pamela: who's vehicle bit the dust? Pamela: probably good thinking, Ron rich-c: I think my birth certificate will still be sufficient Dead_Car: Nay, good lady, try again.
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changed username to BobS Island Bound: ya think so Rich? Dead_Car: Alas, yes, Pam. rich-c: hi Dr. D.,woke up, did you? Pamela: oh dear - which van died? Pamela: Bob, you're twins Island Bound: No cars at your end, no car ferries at my end..... bummer Dead_Car: The 1989. Reverse gear broke tonight en route to Elanor's Christmas vocal music concert. rich-c: the strike did go ahead tehn, I gather, Ron Pamela: oops. That's an expensive break Island Bound: so.... don't go backwards Dead_Car: It's the end of the car. BobS: got dumped.....don't know WHO I am Island Bound: yep... ferries shut down today at noon Dead_Car: I put Christina behind the wheel, and Joan and I pushed it out of the way so we could get the other one out. rich-c: depends on teh condition, Rich - it is fixable and expenses are relative Island Bound: Now we're glaring at one another Lady Mac: HI RICH!!!!!!!!!! Dead_Car: The car is 14.5 years old, only 104K miles, but body is not good at all. Pamela: I'm sure Christina loved that rich-c: neither the union nor Campbell strike me as being excessively reasonable Island Bound: very perceptive Rich Island Bound: you're right rich-c: too much of that Ohio salt? Dead_Car: When we got back from the concert, I directed her again as we got it turned 180 degrees so it could at least be driven out of the driveway. Island Bound: having been on both sides of the table in my long and illustrious career, there's more than one agenda here I'd say Pamela: so now what Rich? Dead_Car: Yes, it eventually overcame even the rustproofing. Dead_Car: Now is it stays parked under our back porch (so we and our neighbors can get out), and after Egg Hunt and Christmas Pageant madness are done, we go get a new car. rich-c: yes, mechanical breaks can be worth fixing, but when the tinworm strikes, you're toast Island Bound: we don't have that problem out here Dead_Car: Earliest is probably Monday. Island Bound: car bodies last forever rich-c: oh, Ron, Rich, I went out driving to day Dead_Car: And even that is a tight squeeze in between the robot course final exam period (meaning 15 design notebooks for me to grade). Island Bound: that's why they pay you the big bucks prof Dead_Car: You better have gotten the all clear from your M.D., or I will have to come up there in my new car (when I get it) and hurt you! Pamela: so are all the fenders still on the van Dad? Dead_Car: Not very big, alas, Island Bound. rich-c: yes, all teh originals and no extras Island Bound: oh.... ok.... I stand corrected Pamela: I'm impressed : ) rich-c: oh, I don't see the surgeon till a wekk tomorrow Dead_Car: Lady Macbeth I know, but not Island Bound, I don't think. Island Bound: that's Island Bound as in stuck on the Island Pamela: tis Ron Pamela: no ferries Dead_Car: Ahhh. Lady Mac: not Macbeth Lady Mac: MacLEAN rich-c: but I was marching all over the grocery store, and later went out for a haircut Dead_Car: No ferries? Island Bound: our labour is flexing its collective muscle Island Bound: ferry system shut down at noon Dead_Car: I like Lady Macbeth, too :-) Lady Mac: :_) Lady Mac: :-) Lady Mac: oops Pamela: Lord, you'll have her quoting Shakespeare if you're not careful Lady Mac: i was just at the Ontario Wine tasting reception at Queen's Park Dead_Car: No ferries...well Ron, start clapping your hands and yelling "I *DO* believe in ferries!" Pamela: GROAN! rich-c: hey Rin, you should have calle3d me down to coach you ;-) Island Bound: :) Island Bound: need to go and do that in front of the picket line Pamela: nah, they're liable to think he's for gay marriage or something : ) Lady Mac: LOL Lady Mac: the stuff i had was all too oaky rich-c: anyway, what did the reception prove, Rin? rich-c: why, was it a chardonnay comparison? Island Bound: :) Lady Mac: it was just different Niagara wines and the reds weren't really that good Island Bound: That's FERRIES.....not fairies Pamela: or faeries? Lady Mac: there are a lot of receptions now for these people to meet the Minister's and members and being the Xmas season and all rich-c: well, I remember when a Niagara red was something you wouldn't put on a stamp pad Island Bound: Management is thinking of putting the Catamarans back in service Pamela: but will they take cars Ron? Island Bound: oh yes rich-c: sure, they just make too many waves - but Campbell seems to like that Island Bound: they were built by the previous gov't...3 of them .... the first one actually entered service Lady Mac: Jackson Triggs is usually pleasant but not tonight I tried their Meritage rich-c: I thought they had sold them for scrap, Ron Dead_Car: I guess that Pacific Coastal will be getting a lot of business for their island hopper now. Island Bound: they were sold earlier this year to an outfit in Washington State, but they're still tied up in Vancouver Island Bound: all 3 of 'em Island Bound: the last one was sold for scrap not long after she was built rich-c: really, Rin? the reviews I've seen have been favourable rich-c: do the cats run with n on-union crews, or something? Lady Mac: I wasn't fond of it ChickPea: rin doesn't know good stuff Island Bound: yes.... the local airlines are raking it in rich-c: well, she's young yet and her taste buds haven't fully formed ChickPea: lool rich-c: we will doubtless educate her as she is ready to adapt Lady Mac: everyone's a critic Lady Mac: :-) Island Bound: Lady Mac, are you on a Macintosh? Lady Mac: hey guys what does it mean when your screen shakes Lady Mac: and how do i fix it BobS: earthquake Dead_Car: No, she's on a Lean Machine. rich-c: it means your computer needs maintenance BobS: or nerves....... Island Bound: bad connection inside Lady Mac: Compaq Presario Island Bound: slap it gently with your right hand rich-c: and watch for blue smoke Dead_Car: Means she's looking at a naughty website. Island Bound: oh..... then no amount of slapping will produce results Island Bound: you'll have to drop it on the floor Lady Mac: hehehehe;-) rich-c: seriously, rin, how long since you've checked the cable connections? Island Bound: is it a flicker, or a shake, Lady Mac? Dead_Car: Shake means that line voltage is low, or there is bad electrical interference. rich-c: a video cable a little loose at either end can cause significant difficulties Lady Mac: everything thing is shaking slightly Lady Mac: like butterfly wings Dead_Car: My computer here is right in front of the fusebox in our basement, and it always shakes. BobS: it's FLYING Lady Mac: well fluttering Dead_Car: Move a few feet back, and it stops. Unfortunately, room geometry requires the computer be set up here. Island Bound: and what age is this unit prey tell? Dead_Car: This is just a high-frequency wiggle. rich-c: oh dear - here I sit with my UPS and forget such problems exist Pamela: darn those squares and rectangles, anyway Dead_Car: A big flutter, or roll, probably means that the monitor is going bye-bye. Lady Mac: this just started like a few minutes ago Dead_Car: It's cause *I* logged into the chat! I'm a jinx tonight. Lady Mac: never Rich
Dead_Car changed username to Dr.D. rich-c: depending, could be a car outside, or a motor starting up in the house (furnace, etc.) Dr.D.: If it stops now... BobS: ilklkj Lady Mac: but it may have something to do with your magnetic personality Dr.D.: Yeah, is your furnace running, or dryer, or dishwasher, etc.? BobS: I'm single again!!!!!
Island Bound changed username to Ron Dr.D.: Nobody ever accused me of animal magnetism...wow...I'm flattered! Lady Mac: everything is the same as it has been for the past week Lady Mac: brb Pamela: I see you found yourself Bob Pamela: Rie, you're very quiet tonite BobS: ya.....I vas lost but now I is founded rich-c: I think I shocked her - she didn't realize every word she types is archived and public knowledge Lady Mac: i'm back Dr.D.: Maybe Rin's computer knows she got a new job and is agitating for an upgrade :-) Pamela: problem is, it's not hers rich-c: told her about your mothr finding herself when she Googled "Elna" Lady Mac: not my computer Ron: I am lost on an Island Pamela: I guess that's one of the things we're going to have to find you when you get your own place Erin Ron: with no hope of getting off rich-c: right, that's something that will have to wait a while Pamela: you can always fly, Ron Ron: naw.... that's too hard on the arms Dr.D.: Ron's on the Island of Misfit Toys...at least that's what his basement looked like at ADAMcon 15 :-) Lady Mac: oh definitely Ron: yup, that's it Pamela: want an ADAM? rich-c: loan her your computer when you get your new one, Pam Ron: Already have 5 Ron: or 6 Pamela: I hear there's a surplus in town : ) Dr.D.: Pam means Rin, methinks. Pamela: uhuh Lady Mac: lol Lady Mac: Dude i think i will get a Dell Pamela: you may have heard about my job situation Dad? BobS: first you wanted to BE on the island, now when youa re stranded you can't wait to get OFF rich-c: wrong answer, Rin, they are not a good deal BobS: what pam......... BobS: nosy me is Lady Mac: i need cheap and easy Lady Mac: no comments Rich Pamela: Company being sold - future employment uncertain at this time Lady Mac: ;-) Ron: So.... now Robert..... let me get this staraight..... eh.... rich-c: Dell is not cheap, nor that easy long-term Dr.D.: You're a high-class gal, Lady Mac, aim higher. BobS: told us that LAST week Ron: you got the Christmas card disk, and it worked? Ron: but then it didn't work? BobS: ya mon.......NO WORRIES Ron: and you didn't get it to work on an ADAM drive, is that so? BobS: is up on internet site as we type Ron: good BobS: worked in ADAM too Pamela: therefore Bob, computer upgrades may have to wait (me being fond of eating and all) BobS: GREAT JOB senor Ron: ah.....ok...... wonders will never cease Ron: thank you sir Dr.D.: Our lab just decided to junk 2 Pentium 125 MHz machines today. Lady Mac: not that high class....at the event tonight everyone else was having oysters and fancy stuff....i had ribs and chicken wings BobS: how's mum ???????? Dr.D.: I don't think there's any way I could get them to Canada... BobS: good puters !!!!!!!! Ron: better, but not great, thanks. Ron: She tires easily Ron: but then so do I Lady Mac: it's the though that counts Dr.D.: They were replaced with 4 GHz Pentiums or something with 2 GB RAM each. BobS: but home and with here son ????? BobS: HER BobS: dat's what counts, eh?????? Ron: yes, that's true. Doctor has given enthusiastic clearance for the Edmonton trip, so we'll be off a week Friday rich-c: I am not sure with 125 mhz Pentiums how much you have to bribe folks to take them Pamela: that will probably do her a great deal of good, Ron Ron: yes., most likely Dr.D.: They are running Win98 and WinNT 4.0 just fine. They just don't have enough speed to keep up with our new data acquisition system. Pamela: hey, no one answered my question earlier. Are we going to move chat from New Years Eve? BobS: that is the problem andf why you need new puters, not the usefulness of thenm to someone else rich-c: must be pretty heavy in memory for 125s then Dr.D.: Which can transfer data at a rate of about 150K per second. Lady Mac: i think i will start my acting career BobS: and Christmas eve........... Dr.D.: Or Christmas Eve, now that you mention it? I will be home then. Ron: good questions Pamela: Christmas Eve is okay with me BobS: not me BobS: for either one BobS: how's about Tues??????? Pamela: so, where do we move them to? Dr.D.: I'll be home both, but then I never do anything New Year's Eve except eat Party Mix and drink Squirt and wonder where Guy Lombardo went. rich-c: I can be online Christmas Eve - and would likely be in the best company available Pamela: boy, you're a fun date Rich : ) Dr.D.: I am playing sax for the 6 PM Xmas Eve service here, but should be home by 8 PM at the latest. BobS: THAT is what attracted Joan to the boy Ron: we could always make it the 26 and the 2 Pamela: I'll be wrapping presents (as usual) Dr.D.: 26th I will likely be at a Theta Chi alumni dinner. ChickPea: that's y u wrpe as u go pam rich-c: yes, maybe New Years Day would be more prudent Ron: NY Day works for me rich-c: the evening can conspire to produce unexpected events Pamela: first I have to buy them Rie Dr.D.: ADAM chat with pork roast and sauerkraut, sounds good to me. Pamela: NY day is okay for me too Lady Mac: i wait til January ChickPea: come on pam even i'm done BobS: both Xmas AND new years work for me ChickPea: lol Pamela: you lie! Lady Mac: ;-) Ron: like day, you mean? ChickPea: no even i'm done Dr.D.: I won't get to start until 18 or 19 December. Pamela: I'll start this weekend or Monday, and hopefully get it all done at once rich-c: so are we settled? chat Xmas eve, but New Yesrs day? Lady Mac: that'll be me too Rich my first paycheque come around then rich-c: sounds like a good way to start the New Year ChickPea: eirn and the excuses Ron: agreed Pamela: is that okay with everyone? Lady Mac: lol ChickPea: nomatter pay check or not dear u would still wait till ajn Lady Mac: hopefully i will make it on but may be hing over New Years day Dr.D.: "What is Christmas but a time for buying gifts without money?" E. Scrooge. Lady Mac: true Lady Mac: hehe
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changed username to MeekaS Lady Mac: hi Meeka Pamela: Is Meeka! Hi, Meeka! Dr.D.: And the Meeka shall inherit the chat? rich-c: hello Meeka, thought the ladies had left Bob all by his lonesome tonight BobS: whatever you people decide for chat, put out the bulletin to the list beforehand eh??????? MeekaS: hello :) BobS: Hi Meeka Pamela: is Christmas eve not good for you Bob? Ron: Hi Meeka rich-c: oh yes, that goes without saying, Bob Dr.D.: He has a lot of Whos to visit on Christmas Eve, Pam. MeekaS: nope, that is family x-mas BobS: nope, gonna open presents and I have a LOT to open !!!!! MeekaS: lol @ dad Pamela: what about the 23rd then? BobS: w3orks for me OT xmas night too BobS: you's decide and I will be there if i can Pamela: Christmas day is not good for me Ron: will have to steal my sister's computer for a time Ron: but if I slap her around, she'll let me use it rich-c: no, Pam will be here for Xmas dinner and we only have one phone line BobS: maybe IF you ask to 'borrow' it, she might let you sue it Ron BobS: use Ron: oh.... you mean like nicely? Dr.D.: What are you doing for Christmas, Rin? Pamela: Dad, is Mom hanging around? Lady Mac: going home (god willing) Dr.D.: We will be going to my Dad's after Joan leaves for work in the afternoon. Pamela: Don't worry Erin, we can always feed you Dr.D.: Travel safely, then. Lady Mac: or rather NDP willing rich-c: she's "unavailable" for a moment but should be available soon Dr.D.: Your party can't get overthrown so quickly, can they? ChickPea: noooooooooooo she's comming home!!!!!!!1 Ron: OH Yeah? That's Ontario you know Pamela: please ask her for plum pudding - that's my grown up Christmas wish : ) Dr.D.: I want Roast Beast with Who-Hash. rich-c: we were discussing that earlier, but I'll remind her ChickPea: plum pudding rich-c: I did notice her buying a tin of plums today... Lady Mac: i've told them it's a life or death situation -- "my mother and friend sWILL kill me" ChickPea: dam right I WILL!!!!!!! Pamela: there are no plums in plum pudding - silly Daddy! Dr.D.: No plums? Ron: Cant wait to play with my berspringlers and foshinglers Pamela: er? Ron: with green eggs and ham Pamela: I do not like green eggs and ham Dr.D.: "But I think that the truth, if so deep we dare dig, may have been that his ego was three sizes too big" Dr.D.: That was from my Biology Dept. satire "How the Grinch Stole Graduation", with my thesis advisor as the Grinch. Lady Mac: LOL Ron: sounds like a hoot Dr. D Lady Mac: has anyone read The Denial of Death by Becker? Dr.D.: "It was Cindy Lou Who, who had no less than two post-docs to choose from, when she was all through." Dr.D.: "Santy Claus, why, why are you taking our Ph.D.s? Why?" Ron: tee hee Dr.D.: "He went down the chimney. A rather tight pinch, but if Satan could do it, then so could the Grinch." Dr.D.: It was all done with color 35 mm slides. Pamela: Do I get the impression that you liked your college career Rich? Dr.D.: I photocopied my childhood edition of "The Grinch", white-outed various parts, and redrew the Grinch faces with a caricature of my advisor. Dr.D.: Then re-colored it with red pencil, like the original book. Ron: creative Dr.D.: It was a great hit in December 1988. Dr.D.: He was such a Grinch, that was why everyone laughed. Pamela: Did he? Dr.D.: "Welcome tenure, while we stand heart in mouth and hat in hand. Tenured chairs are in our grasp, so long as we have grants to clasp." Dr.D.: He, the old bugger, didn't come to the Dept. Christmas party. Dr.D.: The grad students were charged by the Chairman with providing entertainment. Dr.D.: Our conceit was rewriting Dr. Seuss with our advisors. Dr.D.: Turned out I was the only one who actually did it...which I didn't find out until the party. Lady Mac: i take that as a no rich-c: figures Dr.D.: I felt a little stood up...but I had worked so hard on it, the show must go on! BobS: that is why Dr D is vanquished UPstairs Dr.D.: Later, I did a command performance for our lab, which he saw. He was so technically impressed that he forgot to be shocked. MeekaS: lol Pamela: then it was worth it : ) Dr.D.: "He cleaned out their icebox spit-spot, sad to say. Why, he even took their last tube of Who-DNA!" Dr.D.: It's frightening how much of it I remember, I haven't recited it since 1988. rich-c: satires, when you get them right, tend to endure rich-c: I can even remember one from my high school days Dr.D.: "Staring down from his office, the sour grinchy old grampus, at the warm lighted windows below on their campus." Dr.D.: Who-U, that is. Dr.D.: And now for something completely different...a man with a tape recorder up his nose. Pamela: so was there a fraternity at Who-U? Dr.D.: Hmmm...I dunno. Pamela: that's differeny, all right MeekaS: brb, need a drink Dr.D.: My jokes aren't that bad, are they? Pamela: nope! Dr.D.: Wouldn't want to be driving Meeka to drink now... Ron: I laughed. Ron: me too Dr.D.: But you're a captive audience, Ron, stuck on an island... Ron: but only Diet Coke Ron: that's about the size of it, son Pamela: ah, the unfairness of it all Dr.D.: How long before food and fuel run out? Ron: we might run out of diet coke before this is over Pamela: maybe they'll do air drops, Ron Dr.D.: Need to oil up your Smith & Wesson? Ron: Well, if listen to our business community.... not long Dr.D.: In time of crisis, bullets are more valuable than food, because they can be used to obtain food and everything else :-) Ron: Our local Wal Mart still has a few things rich-c: thought they sent Coke in by tanker to Victoria ;-) rich-c: got a big demand to meet up-island there, you know Ron: and they by pipeline north Dr.D.: Reprocess it from oil spills? MeekaS: no worries Rich, it is only iced tea :) Pamela: ICK! Ron: wow..... Ron: glad there's nobody from outside listening to us rich-c: well, ss it happens, there is Dr.D.: haha Meeka BobS: BUT ..... ve half you on archives rich-c: Google yourself, Ron, and you'll see - the archives are indexed Ron: Gave that up for lent Ron: googling that is Dr.D.: Anything that has a link to it is indexed (except maybe Scientology stuff). Ron: like in the search box I put "Ron" ?? rich-c: no, but "ron Mitchell" will get you all manner of excessively flattering photos Ron: indeed rich-c: Frances put in "Elna" and found herself Dr.D.: That's a sewing machine, right? Pamela: that's right, Rich rich-c: yes, and there was a chat about them some while ago Ron: indeed Dr.D.: I think Joan has one, or else Elanor. Pamela: Mom has three Dr.D.: I seem to recall the discussion here. Pamela: all of which are giving her a hard time Dr.D.: Ooh, let's computerize it...The ElnaVision Family Sewing System! Lady Mac: if you go to www.infogo.gov.on.ca and go to the telephone directory you can find me rich-c: don't laugh, Dr. D. - the new models are scarily close to that Ron: well, let's see Pamela: and Mother wants nothign to do with them Ron: Ron Mitchell's wicked website Ron: Index of Arctic articles by Ron Mitchell Ron: Dr. Ron Mitchell rich-c: yes, she's busy mechanicing them herself BobS: I am like OvenMitt from Arby's........I"M FAMOUS !!!!!!!!! Dr.D.: "wicked website"? BobS: sure got alot of links to my name Ron: chat session with prof Ron Mitchell rich-c: dont forget to try variants on your name - r, Robert, Bob, etc. MeekaS: lol, oh geez dad Pamela: dat's not you! Ron: there are 608,000 references to Ron Mitchell BobS: tyr it Meeka rich-c: I did Richard Drushel tonight and got 343 hits rich-c: but I'll bet with variants I could get lots more Ron: but I am the REAL Ron Mitchell MeekaS: you want me to do what?? Pamela: Google your name, Meeka MeekaS: ok, then what rich-c: I did my surgeon on one name variation and got 493 hits - you've got some cathing up to do, Rich Pamela: I must be doing something wrong - I only go three hits Dr.D.: "My Schwartz is bigger than your Schwartz" :-) Ron: so now what if I do Ron + Mitchell Ron: or Ron NOT Mitchell
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changed username to rich-c BobS: good !!!!! rich-c: sorry - did something dumb and fell off Pamela: we're seeing two of you, Dad Ron: no dumb allowed here Dr.D.: In stereo! Ron: I only see one Bob Pamela: yeah, Bob found himself Ron: What's Doug up tonight Meeka? Ron: up to I mean Pamela: much better Dad MeekaS: watching "enterprise" rich-c: just did search as rich clee and got 3900 Ron: aha rich-c: and it looks like a high percentage are me Dr.D.: Don't let him watch all those half-naked alien women. Pamela: It was on at eight here, Meeka Pamela: yes, we've been seeing alot of T'Pol recently ChickPea: alrighty i'm outy Pamela: to bed for you Marie? Ron: be well Chick Ron: sleep is good rich-c: night Marie ChickPea: yep ChickPea: \night Dr.D.: I only ever watched the "Enterprise" pilot...and that was enough for me. Dr.D.: Bye CP Pamela: smart girl Pamela: gnite, sweetie Pamela: hugs to you MeekaS: ya, not sure why, but he likes it MeekaS: night Pamela: I was hearing rumours of cancellation Ron: I lost track about 2 episodes into Deep Space 9 ChickPea: huga too oyu too night Ron: have not followed since ChickPea: tell next weds i bid u adue Lady Mac: love ya Chickpea ChickPea: love u too doodle bug BobS: nite Rie Dr.D.: My Star Trek is dead. So I don't torment myself anymore by watching the grisly zombie reanimated corpse. MeekaS: lol Ron: right on man Dr.D.: I'm not the audience they want anymore. BobS: no worries mate Pamela: I was an avid NG fan, not so interested in DS9, and much more into Voyager Dr.D.: They don't want to dance with who brung 'em. Ron: :( Ron: Now there's a project Ron: it would only be anecdotal but Dr.D.: We gave up on Trek after Season 1 of Voyager. Except for the Enterprise pilot, we haven't been back.
ChickPea left chat session Pamela: oh, Voyager was good - but it got better after season 3 Dr.D.: Haven't seen the last 2 theatrical movies, either. Ron: Star Trek and Star Wars completely changed my appreciation of science fiction rich-c: Pam, just from curiosity, do you have the last Star Wars release, and is it on tape or DVD? Ron: it was almost like..... too much of a good thing Ron: talking mostly of the special effects Ron: Lucas made everything else sub standard rich-c: Star Wars was moe a horse opera with a different setting BobS: that is what happens to a lot of plots...........got to leave the audience wanting MORE not kill it Pamela: I think we have 1, 4, 5 and 6 Dad - your copies, I believe Pamela: More HP! Ron: When the original Star Trek Series was produced we still had a sense of wonderment Dr.D.: Can you believe, the CWRU Film Society has not yet shown Episode 2, because nobody on campus likes it and it cost us $1000 to book? Dr.D.: If engineers don't want to watch it, it is very bad SF> rich-c: I think I only had 1,2,3 then 4 (i.e. #1 of teh second series) Ron: yes I can believe that Pamela: then that's what we have, Dad Dr.D.: We took a bath when we showed Episode 1...we decided, not again. Lady Mac: well i think i'm done Lady Mac: hope you all ahve a good night Ron: niters Mac Ron: go straight home now Pamela: Okay Rin - g'nite. Call me tomorrow, and ignore the message on your cellular voicemail Lady Mac: lol...that would be a challenge Lady Mac: oh ok BobS: good day ma lady Dr.D.: Did you fall asleep, Rin? Lady Mac: not quite but almost Dr.D.: Or are you working late at the office? Lady Mac: :-) Lady Mac: always rich-c: nite Rin Lady Mac: night uncle Richard Lady Mac: nite Ron Lady Mac: nite Bos Dr.D.: So long, Rin... Lady Mac: bobs BobS: ta ta Pamela: I'm nodding too. Maybe I should try sleeping for a change Lady Mac: have a g'night Rich Ron: nite Mac Dr.D.: As long as I don't think of the car... BobS: naw no fu n in that Ron: t'is almost 11 where most of you are Pamela: what, sleeping? Just for a change, Bob Lady Mac: probably a good idea Dr.D.: I ought to go, too. Long next few days. Ron: except here on the Island...... wonder if the clocks are still working BobS: think of it as a blessing Dr D......now ya get a new car !!!!! Lady Mac: Ciao Ciao Ron: be well Dr. D
Lady Mac left chat session Dr.D.: Until next Wednesday...Starbase Cleveland closing hailing frequencies. Pamela: gnite Rich rich-c: nite Rich MeekaS: well, I better be off awell Dr.D.: Bye Pam. MeekaS: talj you you later
Dr.D. left chat session rich-c: OK Meeka, see you next round Pamela: nite Meeka BobS: oh Mekka, yo are young !!!!! Ron: and then there were 5 MeekaS: lol, yup that I am BobS: place is going to heck BobS: in a handbasket
MeekaS left chat session Pamela: Well, I think I'm going to bed Pamela: Dad, will call tomorrow or Friday rich-c: OK daughter, any idea when we will be seeing you? BobS: no guy tonight Ron: you gonna leave me just like that Pamela? Pamela: sorry, Ron BobS: you been jilted ron Ron: well....all good things must come to an end rich-c: OK, depending on weather may want help with the milk rich-c: and I have that tape ready to go back to you Pamela: will keep that in mind Dad. Will call and arrange. rich-c: OK - if busy, emaikl Ron: I'm gonna go build myself a ferry boat and make a million Pamela: Will do. I'm outta here. Bob, say g'nite to Judy for me. BobS: ok rich-c: at this point, a bathtub with a 5-horse kicker would do Pamela: sounds like a plan, Ron : ) BobS: she say.....see ya in 2 weeks Ron: yes..... that's right Rich.. Many things now being pressed into service BobS: mnaybe Pamela: absolutely -have a great time BobS: tank ya Ron: if it floats, they can use it Pamela: okay - kerpoof!
Pamela left chat session BobS: should we cruise UP to the island for ya Ron????? Ron: now there's a thought. BobS: and take you to the mainland Ron: my own private boat and crew Ron: yeah, bring her around Bob BobS: might take a little longer than planned though rich-c: hey, they could make more running across the Starit than cruising Ron: right now, yes BobS: so HOW thye maybe gonna run the catamrands Ron: the system hauls 28 million passengers a year rich-c: just renting out the lifeboats would pay a fortune BobS: rent hem back????? BobS: them Ron: Well in fact, the fast ferries (catamarans) were mentioned on tonights news as one option management was considering rich-c: so how would they crew them? and would the dock workers cooperate? BobS: well why the heck did they make them and then simply junk them ???????? Ron: although nobody at the company would admit to it BobS: save them for fuiture rich-c: seems they were good in theory but in practice, not so neat BobS: seems like a real BIG bone BobS: boner to just dump them Ron: had to go find Mom her cane BobS: ahso Ron: anyway yes.... Bob, the fast ferries were a political project of the previous provincial gov't rich-c: yes, even when ot totally necessary, a cane can be good for the morale Ron: and they were one of these sad stories that sometimes besets megaprojects Ron: way over budget - did not sell well in the open market Ron: and caused all sorts of operational problems for the ferry corp when they put the first one in service Ron: the project was scrapped before the 3rd one was completed Ron: so now there are 3 brand new ferries sitting in Vancouver Harbour..... have been auctioned off rich-c: ot that there wrent people very eager to help them fail... rich-c: not BobS: a sad commentary on the gov't AND the shipbuilders who sold thema bill of goods Ron: My son, Jeff , actually rode on one a couple of times..... he said they were not nearly as comrfortable as the older vessels Ron: too little outdoor space BobS: but faster right????? rich-c: what's good economics is sometimes in the eye of the beholder Ron: exactly..... the govt thought they could build them for a world market Ron: catamaran hull design, when used as a car ferry caused a great many problems rich-c: there is supposed to be one coming into operation on Lake Ontario this spring Ron: well they were supposed to cut the length of the trip by 25 minutes Ron: but in actual practice, they never did rich-c: they want to run it from Rochester to Toronto rich-c: except that Toronto doesn't have a suitable pier Ron: When run a designed speed, they tended to set up a wake that almost drowned kids when it reached shore.... there were a couple of horror cases Ron: so they were forced to reduce speed..... and get more expensive to operate in the bargain rich-c: wonder if that was an artifact of the catamaran hull design? rich-c: some sort of standing wave effect set up between the two hulls? Ron: they other problem they had was that there's a lot of free floating lumber in the strait..... because of what we do out here Ron: Catamarans did not react very well to floating timber Ron: yeah Rich, something like that Ron: so they hit a log, they'd be out for a day or two rich-c: right, they have aluminum hulls, dont they? Ron: yes BobS: hmmm.......can see a problem starting here Ron: Finally the Non-Directional Partisans gave them up as a bad job, and when the liberals came to power, the put them up for auction rich-c: not every nice theory works out in practice BobS: si senor Ron: Now you mention catamaran hull in these parts, the laughter takes a while to subside rich-c: Bob, wanted to ask you - why so early in Sept. for Adamcon? BobS: fit the bill for Dr D and for Jean rich-c: down south, the weather is hardly fit for living till second week of October Ron: I missed that.... have we got a date? BobS: naw Jean says it is good down there and besides.....the DO have a/c allover BobS: tlkign to htels and Jean about Sept 16-20 BobS: boy, fanr dingers Ron: ok....... noted BobS: cna't ger antytgin tigoas[;rjiweop0A'FHISD;ALHFNLKS;A' rich-c: I'm thinking more about conditions if we drive BobS: BITE ME Ron: bftslrongkmww8* Bob BobS: got a/c mon BobS: stay out of the desert BobS: ya ron rich-c: yes, but Frances finds teh treailer a/c intolerably noisy Ron: Wonder what the driving time would be from Comox to El Paso? BobS: so do I, but ya live with it to be cool rich-c: we might, she won't BobS: din't know ron BobS: but.....IF ya can't get off the island Ron: will have to check rich-c: might be less than you think, Ron, though for you it's a lot of easting Ron: well... I'm assuming our current labour strife will be concluded by then BobS: got to be a long ways though Ron BobS: depends on what air costs arre Ron: What would El Paso be due south of? rich-c: for us it is 2100 miles, likely about 10 days actual driving Ron: must look on my map Ron: Anyway...... I will have to ponder that rich-c: El Paso is on the Rio Grande tucked into that little panhandle of Texas that sneaks in between New Mexico and old Mexico BobS: AND Jean says the mountain goes right thru Wl Paso rich-c: in Texas, you cannot go further west BobS: El Paso BobS: go east 100 km then drop south ron BobS: ok maybe alittle further east.......after youg et OFF the island rich-c: you would have a variety of sriously interesting routes to choose from, Ron Ron: hmmm..... rich-c: down the Pacific Coast and in, or down through the mountains BobS: 3 of the 4 hotels I have talked with are very willling to work with us and drop rates and throw in the conf room Ron: yes...... Ron: great Bob..... wish we could have done that here BobS: Best Western, Comfort Inn, Baymont Inn rich-c: get a passport and you can go over the bridge to Mexico - Ciuadad Jaurez BobS: well, you know how they are on an island......yo are trapped and they know it !!!!
(BobS winks) Ron: yes Ron: unfortunately BobS: well guys, gott go to bed now ......... be gone next week, but will try to catch you Xmas week Ron: have a good cruise Bob ...say hi to Judy BobS: put a message on the list for me about time and day BobS: she says HI back rich-c: OK Bob, you and Judy and the kids have a real good time, hear? Ron: :) BobS: take care of mum Ron: will do Ron: niters to all BobS: thanks guys see ya later !!!!!! BTW, heart is still ticking along great Ron: good Bob...keep up the good work rich-c: OK, niters all, till next we meet! Ron: poooooffff
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